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NCAA Game Summary - Rice vs. North Texas



(Tuesday, March 11th)

Final Score: North Texas 63, Rice 62 (OT)

El Paso, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Brandan Walton netted 17 points and hit 4- of-12 from 3-point range as the 10th-seeded North Texas Mean Green barely edged the 15th-seeded Rice Owls, 63-62, in an overtime contest in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament at Don Haskins Center.

A pair of Chris Jones free throws with 11 seconds left in the overtime period gave North Texas (16-15) the one-point advantage, which would hold up as the final. Colin Voss scored 16 points with nine rebounds, and Jordan Williams tallied a double-double with 11 points and 14 boards for the Mean Green, who advance to play seventh-seeded Tulane on Wednesday.

Austin Ramljak notched 17 points and five rebounds for Rice (7-23), which has lost eight straight games. Sean Obi netted 12 points with nine rebounds, and Seth Gearhart contributed 11 in the defeat.

Rice shot 40 percent from the floor in the first half, and hit 5-of-11 from 3- point range to help the Owls take a 30-21 halftime advantage over North Texas. The Mean Green connected on 34.8 percent of their shots in the frame, and missed all six 3-point tries.

The Owls slipped down to 28.6 percent shooting in the second half, but did connect on 10-of-17 from the free-throw line. North Texas was able to catch up to Rice thanks to 35.7 percent shooting in the period, and 12-of-15 from the charity stripe. Jones' heroics weren't just confined to the overtime period. With 23 seconds left to play in regulation, Jones netted a pair of free throws to knot the game at 56-56. A missed jumper from Rice with three seconds left wouldn't fall, and the game went into the extra period.

The overtime was a tight match, and the Mean Green hit just 1-of-5 from the floor in the additional five minutes. But North Texas was able to sink 4-of-4 from the charity stripe, including Jones' two game-winning free throws.

The Mean Green outscored Rice from the foul line, 21-14, and had the edge in rebounding, 45-38. The Owls outscored North Texas from 3-point range, 30-12.

03/11 21:01:49 ET

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DUKE 47
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UNC 41
 
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DET 3
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LOS 7
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ARI 1
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SEA 1
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WAS 3
 
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STL 8
CIN 4
 
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SFG 0
 
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ANA 3
TEX 0
 
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WISC 68
BGU 17
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MSU 73
EMICH 14
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VT 24
GT 27
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PITT 20
IOWA 24
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RICE 42
ODU 45
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UGA 66
TROY 0
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MD 34
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DUKE 47
TULA 13
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COL 21
HAW 12
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AKR 17
MARS 48
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WAKE 24
ARMY 21
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KU 24
CMICH 10
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ALA 42
UF 21
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LOU 34
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ECU 70
UNC 41
 
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RUTG 31
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SMU 6
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MICH 10
UTAH 26
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BYU 41
UVA 33
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FATL 19
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IND 31
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PSU 48
UMASS 7
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MINN 24
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ILL 42
TXST 35
 
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WASH 45
GASTATE 14
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SMISS 21
APPST 14
 
1st
TOL 20
BST 3
 
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OHIO 36
IDAHO 24
 
4th
CIN 31
UMO 24
 
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MEM 36
MTST 17
 
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LSU 16
MSST 34
 
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ARK 52
NILL 14
 
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ARKST 14
UTST 14
 
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SALABAMA 6
GASO 21
 
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WVU 27
OKLA 31
 
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VANDY 24
SCAR 27
 
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NEB 24
MIAMI 21
 
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NMST 21
NMU 21
 
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HOU 27
UNLV 7
 
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FSU 10
CLEM 10
 
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ARZ 0
CAL 14
 
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TOWSN 31
NCCU 20
 
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NCSU 42
PRES 0